Friday, 25 May 2018

CSM: Yvonne Foong crowdfunding

I've recently come across this post shared by a fellow book club member and I was flabbergasted! Such a beautiful soul having endured so much in her young life! She's in need of funds for her continuous surgeries in the US.

If you have the means to help her, you can contribute by either buying her books or donating to her fund.
A Malaysian alive & living with Neurofibromatosis type 2, and building a foundation in the USA that will help fellow NF patients get life saving medical treatments.
To know more about this project and how you can help, please visit
http://www.worksofgratitude.com
For more details, please click on the website link below:
http://www.yvonnefoong.com/

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Bangkok: Day 4 @ Palladium area

On this day, the main reason for us to go to Palladium Mall was to check out the beads/ accessories wholesale floor at basement 1. As we were early, most shops were not opened yet which was favourable for us as it was easier to survey a few shops rather than being mobbed by many. However, it turned out to be expensive in our books even though it's wholesale as mainly we were tourists and not locals. So in the end, we just lepak around and then left the area after lunch, headed towards Central World instead. So here's a recapped of our random photos:

Our yummy breakfast at one of the quaint shops near our hotel:

Reached our destination!

Loving the sky walkway passing through the malls without having to sweat it out!



At last, we had to cross the road to Palladium Mall under the bright sunny sky!
After a disappointing survey of the wholesale centre, we were chilling at Cafe Amazon! Honestly, they have the cheapest coffee and yet so yummy!
We chance upon this Chicken Rice Shop and it was flooded with locals for lunch. So we had to try it out too! The end result, it's a simple yet tasty meal... tender meat with crispy skin, not too over buttery rice with spicy chilli condiments!


Next post: day 4 @ Central World area

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

MPOV: The Greatest Showman

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.8/10

Released: December 28, 2017
Director: Michael Gracey
Casts: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson
Category: musical, romance, drama
Rated: PG-13

P. T. Barnum and his troupe perform a show at the circus ("The Greatest Show"). In a flashback to Barnum's childhood where he and his father Philo, a tailor, work for the Hallett family, he becomes infatuated with their daughter, Charity. Though Charity is being sent to finishing school, Barnum reassures her they will not be separated. The two keep in touch through letters until they meet again in adulthood ("A Million Dreams"), eventually marrying and raising two daughters, Caroline and Helen, in New York City ("A Million Dreams" reprise). They live a humble life; though Charity is happy, Barnum dreams of more.

Barnum loses his job as a clerk at a shipping company after the company goes bankrupt. Taking a risky bet, he takes out a large loan from a bank, deceiving the bank into accepting his former employer's lost ships as collateral. He uses this loan to buy Barnum's American Museum in downtown Manhattan, an attraction showcasing various wax models. Initially, sales are slow; on the suggestion of his children to showcase something "alive", Barnum searches for "freaks" to serve as performers for his museum ("Come Alive"). This attracts a large audience despite protests and poor reviews, prompting Barnum to rename his venture "Barnum's Circus".

Searching for ways to further his reputation amongst the upper class, Barnum meets playwright Phillip Carlyle and convinces him to join his venture ("The Other Side"). Carlyle is enchanted with Anne Wheeler, an African-American trapeze artist, but he hides his feelings. During a trip Carlyle arranged for Barnum and his troupe to meet Queen Victoria, Barnum meets Jenny Lind, a famed Swedish singer, whom he convinces to perform in America, with him serving as her manager. Lind's first American performance is a rousing success ("Never Enough"). While Barnum gains favor with the aristocratic patrons, he begins to distance himself from his original troupe, refusing to socialize with them. Dejected, they decide to stand against their local harassers ("This Is Me").

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Finally watched this musical! Firstly, I love musicals! Secondly, I love watching musicals where the casts can actually sing! Except for Jenny Lind's part where I've just found out, 'Never enough' was sang by Loren Allred and not Rebecca Ferguson! All in all, the soundtracks were amazingly wonderful!

Alright, enough of exclamations LOL! The casts were rightly suited for the respective roles. They were splendid, making the movie so believable and me wishing I could swing from one end to the other while singing 'Rewrite the stars' with Zac Efron *fangirling sigh*

'This is me' was sang with much gusto and so right for that moment! It truly gave me goosebumps while watching them performing! So apt... I can definitely feel their pain and anguish! 'Never enough' was such a powerful ballad! Even the other songs were so suited for this movie... can't wait to download it on Spotify!

The story-line was definitely over-shadowed by the songs... some were predictable like when Jenny and Barnum went on tour, just had that hunch Jenny was up to no good. Also, Barnum's rise and fall was part and parcel of the plot. Overall, it was an amazing musical to watch and I definitely enjoyed it much!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bangkok: Day 3 @ MBK

After Jim Thompson, we took the train to MBK. Finally some shopping and relaxation in the air-conditioned mall! It was dry and humid weather when we were in Bangkok then so we tried to be in malls as much as we could. Here are some random photos........




We had lunch at MBK's food court ya... the food here is so yummy and at THB275 only including drinks!
Suddenly we were in Chatuchak Park again LOL! Well, we were kinda bored in MBK so we headed back to this park for some evening walk and Pokemon Go raid :-)




Time to head back to MBK for dinner!
FYI, I bought this from a random shop at the train station and it's really yummy! Btw, non-halal ya...

Back at MBK McDonald's for a non-halal dinner at THB310!
Just can't help sharing the fact that the Bic Mac here has more meat than in Malaysia... albeit different type of meat lah... 
After dinner, we called it a night and head back to the hotel.

Next post: day 4 at Palladium area

Monday, 21 May 2018

MPOV: The Slave Prince (e-ARC)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.64/5

Author: Jeyna Grace
Expected publication: May 29th, 2018
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, fiction

For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. But one day his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: he learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched slave.

In a kingdom where ruthlessness is part of everyday life, Thom fears this new truth could be deadly. He takes flight, running from the life he knew and the one he despises, but the call to free his people beckons him home. Armed with a magic stone that instructs him through surreal visions, he must topple his once beloved brother who has since become a tyrannical king.

A fantastical retelling of the story of Moses, Thom’s adventure forces him to question if he can succeed in his quest without truly understanding who he is. He must unravel his past, present, and future before he can set his people free.

The above was taken from Goodreads. I have received this e-ARC in return of my honest review.

Thus far, I can safely say I'm a fan of Jeyna Grace. She writes pretty well and even though her story/ inspiration is based on another, hers is always uniquely her own. I loved that it's an easy read though face paced with many enthralling plots. It's never a dull moment reading the adventures set for Thom. It was engaging from the start, keeping me on my toes chapter after chapter! From the moment Thom knew his true background, to the moment he met Seanna at Daysprings and to the moment he knew his true destiny. Such magical moments, be it predictable at times, were so momentous that I can feel Thom's reluctance or persistence. At some point, I had even imagined Jake Gyllenhaal as Thom from his acting in Prince of Persia LOL!

Anyway, I did find the ending a little unfinished, I guess I just wanted the usual 'Happy Ever After' ending! Hoping for the affirmation that Thom has succeeded as the savour of Eklaysians; to setting up a new magical kingdom and be the prince of Eklaysia plus marrying Seanna in the end! For such a big ending, I think the book would have been a thicker one LOL! Well, all in all, this is good enough and I thoroughly enjoyed this magical fairy tale!

For more deets of the author or her books, you can click on the link below:
https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-slave-prince

Friday, 18 May 2018

CSM: Pet World Malaysia 2018

It's happening from today to this Sunday at Mid Valley!


For more details, please check their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/petworldmalaysia/

Thursday, 17 May 2018

MPOV: A Spot of Bother

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.46/5

First published: August 31, 2006
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Fiction, humour, contemporary, psychology

A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.

As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This is an interesting book as when I've started reading it, it somehow reminded me of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and Sarah Water's books. Though not politically inclined, it's more about this middle class British family and their mishaps that happened just before a wedding. Now it sounds like Four Wedding's and a Funeral LOL! While reading it, somehow I've imagined the Frasier's casts as the leads LOL! David Hyde Pierce as Jaime, Kelsey Grammer as dad George, Peri Gilpin as mom Jean with Jane Leeves as Katie!

Anyway, A Spot of Bother's plot is way different from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which is more suited for younger readers, this one is more for adults especially since it involves LGBT, extra-marital affairs and the likes. It is well written with wits and humour plus anxieties and sadness, all kinds of drama that could happen to any one. Dad has anxiety attack, mom has an affair, brother is gay and sister is getting married. Such a tumultuous dramatic BBC kinda movie or TV series. It just boils down to the wedding which ended in a good way with much realisation and anticipation to a better family relationship.

Kudos to Mark Haddon for such a well scripted book - from many alternate views, nicely laid down in an entertaining facade with drama. It did started out a little dull but from midway onward, the pace picked up and had me wanting to know how it will end though I did kinda guessed it :-)

Some memorable captions:
I wonder which Atwood's book Katie is referring to:
After Jacob had gone to bed she made herself a gin & tonic and sort of looked at the latest Margaret Atwood without actually reading it.
The dilemma Katie is in to:
If things went particularly badly they could have an argument about her own wedding, Dad's mental health and Mum's lover all at the same time.
Just loving this quote from Ray to Katie:
"We're just the little people on top of the cake. Weddings are about families. You and me, we've got the rest of our lives together"
A new word:
Bonbomie - I've only found 'bonhomie' which means good-natured easy friendliness.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

MPOV: Like Mee Cafe

My rating: 3/5
Location: Shoplot B-09-GF, Ground Floor, Block B, Garden Shoppe, One City
Type: Non-halal

As we do frequent One City a lot, we decided to try this new shop which has recently opened. The facade looks like a typical Chinese kopitiam with air-con style, minimal and simple decoration for a quick bite kinda place.
Mineral water RM2; Ribena longan RM6.90
Minced pork with noodle dry RM9.90
All In Meal with noodle soup RM14.90
Overall, for a total of RM33.70, it's kinda expensive but then it's with air-con and in a shop lot so once a while ok lor. It's a simple pork noodle, nothing out of the ordinary with the usual ingredients. Thankfully marinated properly so no fridge nor raw pork smell. They've also used quite a lot of lard hence the tastiness of the meal. Also, using fresh lettuce is a plus for me as it's definitely a much better accompaniment compared to the usual mustard vegetable (sayur sawi) which at times can be bitter. I'm a happy camper with a filled tummy in the end especially since I had my favourite Ribena longan!

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